Nightly News | October 23, 2012
>>> dramatic developments today in the ongoing meningitis outbreak caused by those tainted steroid shots for back pain. more than 300 people are now confirmed sick. the state of massachusetts is taking action against the company at the center of it all. our senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has an update for us on this tonight. good evening.
>> good evening, brian. today massachusetts officials revealed when they inspected the pharmacy, responsible for the meningitis outbreak. they found unclean conditions and serious health and safety violations. officials say inspectors found that new england compounding center had not followed proper sterilization procedures. shipped medicine before getting tests back, confirming it was properly sterilized and that visible black fungus was found in some of the recalled steroids. governor patrick said the state has revoked necc's license as well as the licenses of its top three pharmacists. today the cdc announced 380 people had been sickened so far in 17 states, with 23 deaths. now, the company's lawyer told us be to the that for a decade, it's worked closely and cooperatively with massachusetts authorities, and provided full and complete access to facilities and records. given that, he says, it's hard to believe that authorities there were unaware of the company's operations. brian?
>> lisa myers with the latest on this out of washington tonight. lisa, thanks.